InFocus Turbo 5, packs in features, thoughtfully curated for the desi user. But specification-wise, it is no slouch either
Bangalore, August 8 2017: In a mobile landscape dominated by China-based players, it is a refreshing change to handle a smart phone whose name indicates that its roots lie West -- in Oregon, USA. InFocus is reversing the trend and with its manufacturing tie-up with Foxconn, is selling phones back to China ( and India). But in some ways its vision of what the Indian customer wants is sharper than that of many indigenous or Chinese players. For a start it has decided to build the recently launched Turbo 5 handset in a handy screen size -- 5.2 inch HD IPS -- while including one of the biggest batteries in the business -- 5000 mAh which should not require a recharge for at least 2 days of use -- double what most phones are able to promise. Yet, at 164 grams it felt very light in my hands.
The phone comes in two versions -- with 2GB RAM and 16 GB on board storage or with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage -- both expandable with a micro SD card with another 32 GB. You can either fit 2 SIMs one SIM and a microSD card. Communication-wise this is the latest -- a 4G VoLTE phone which means you can straight away insert a Jio SIM and enjoy a data-first service where the voice calls ride on the data stream and are that much better quality. Soon other operators will also offer VoLTE in India. And the OS too is the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.
The two cameras are quite adequate -- a 13 MB autofocus with flash rear camera and a 5 MP wide aperture selfie camera. The finger print sensor also doubles as a switch for the torch and the clicker for the camera... both evidence of thoughtful design ( how often I have groped in the dark trying to open the torch app, buried among so many others!)
I was impressed with the screens -- un cluttered with a decent number of icons -- not the overwhelming look of a custom GUI, which tries to outdo Android. The pre installed apps for India are all useful -- MakeMyTrip, Amazon, Saavn music app, Daily hunt news app, Google's Duo video caller and the XPloree special keyboard tool which allows you to choose from a huge number of Indian languages or scripts including Konkani, Kashmiri and Mythili.You can also install one of those hybrids -- Tenglish, Manglish, Idinglish, Marathinglish.. which those who don't know the script will find very useful.
At Rs 6999 and Rs 7999 for the two memory and storage combos, this is great value -- at once handy, affordably and so truly Indian in concept and feel!